Some of you may have seen some of my ideas/artwork a few months ago when I posted my concepts for a Chinatown in DCA, that can be seen here:
This land I simply call Jungles of the Lost. The basic concept can be compared to Adventureland but with a slightly different purpose. It is meant to take certain real world locations that are and have been a challenge for humans to reach, added with magic and myths. Jungles of the Lost features destinations such as Angel Falls, lost Mayan cities, Amazon-like rivers like from Canaima National Park in Venezuela, and other hints of features that have always given us a strong impression of mystery and the unknown, which is why these places are so fascinating.
Here is the layout of the land:
Before I get to the rides, here is one of the entrances to the land. A bridge suspended by vines that leads under an arch like stone structure that is inspired by the Temple of the Rain God in Chichen Itza (which I visited back in 2004).
The story is that you are one of the first explorers to ever trek up to the top of Angel Falls. Before anyone ever step foot on the top of the Angel Falls, they wondered what animals or plants they could find up top. Some even speculated that dinosaurs were still alive up there (true story). So the guests must hop aboard a yet to have good design vehicle and journey through the thick jungles of Venezuela and up to the top of the falls to discover the wonders that exist there.
This is the back of the Tepui, including one of the main lift hills taking guests all the way up:
Here is a front view of the drop:
The ride drops into a dark canyon. This is an early sketch:
Afterward, the train does a few turns in the jungle and back into the station, and off you go, finishing your expedition.
The Angel Falls roller coaster will probably be the one ride to take up the most real estate in the land.
Going back to the layout of the Jungles, the next attraction is a river raft ride with a little something extra pictured here:
Now many theme parks have this attraction, Disney has a couple and we know how they go. Wild rapids, get unpredictably wet, spin around, the end. Well I wanted something different which you will see. The story is that you are a competitive biologist and are seeking to find a new species of either plant, insect or animal in the jungles of Canaima.
The reason the water at the bottom is red is because certain minerals in the waters of the actual Canaima river make the water look like blood, kind of like a Coca Cola dark color. The raft continues down the river, swishing and splashing uncontrollably down the rapids. Soon it reaches a calmer point in the waters and drifts down into the dark depths of the jungle seen here:
In the day time it will be natural light entering the opening of the cave. At night I had the idea of the rescuers shining flashlights or light from their helmets down into the cave.
Here are some new species of flowers I designed that could appear:
Originally I thought just flowers, but not until after I drew all this out did I realize it could also be an insect or small mammal.
Leaving this attraction, let me show you other areas of Jungles of the Lost. Back to the layout out, there will also be a jungle trail where guests can explore in this area:
Not an exploration trail like Redwood Challenge Trail, but like a real jungle trail where guests can stroll past a waterfall, marvel at ruins left by the Mayans, or even discover a crystal skull ; )
And oh yes, I think it would be awesome if there were a few zip lines where people can experience zooming through the jungle canopy : D
Back to the layout, here are some shops and restaurants:
Guests then take the first drop, past an ancient Ball Game field and into El Caracol, which also means they enter the main show room.
Guests then enter the astronomical part of the ride:
People will look up and see the universe (stars, nebulas, galaxies, comets). The Mayans were deeply involved in astronomy so I feel a scene like this is necessary to highlight that part of their history. The stone figures you see are Bakabs. The Mayans believed that four Gods named Bakabs held the sky up at North, South, East and West.
Kind of like the talking skull before the first drop on Pirates, but more and in different styles.
Guests will also be treated to viewing a Mayan Ball Game. In this scene, several players go after a ball, one kicks it and it looks as if it will hit the people in the boat but quickly bounces back into the scene after hitting a rock on the lower part:
The boat then enters a temple where the head priest is conducting some unknown magic spell, a guard watches and some dude with wings shows off his ritual bird outfit:
The guests then enter the main part of town that features the markets and a festive ceremony:
I picture all sorts of traditional music, perhaps a catchy soundtrack of its own ; )
As everyone continues on, they come to a lift hill inside a temple and approach the finale, the Cenote whirlpool. The chief bids everyone goodbye and happy travels as it is time for you to return back to your own time.
The boat exits a ruin and the masks bid you farewell, becoming inanimate and you enter the unloading station.
Feedback is appreciated : D